Frequently Asked Questions & Admissions Policy
What is the school’s history?
St. Louise is a grade pre-K through 8, co-ed, Roman Catholic school which was opened in 1961 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. We continue more than half-a-century later with a committed lay staff who carry on the Catholic school traditions of providing a values-based education with high academic standards taught in lovingly-disciplined classrooms. We are known for having strongly supportive parent volunteers and a well-rounded curriculum that is infused with Gospel values.
Can you tell me about the faculty, administration, and staff?
The St. Louise teaching faculty is comprised of 28 teachers, including specialists in math, reading, art, music, computer, physical education, library, Spanish, and student-support. The staff also includes six instructional assistants, three before-and-after-school care supervisors, a technology support specialist, a school nurse, and various administrative support staff. The principal is Dan Fitzpatrick, who has been the administrator at St. Louise since 1988 – making him the longest serving principal at the same school among the 73 other Catholic schools in Western Washington. Mike Fuerte, who was once a student himself at St. Louise, is our vice-principal.
Are there extra-curricular activities available for my child?
All grade K-8 students have different opportunities to participate in extra-curricular offerings after school throughout the year, including: a robotics club; a Spanish language class; a drama program; a competitive speech team; a competitive math team; a chess club; a choir; a math club; a cooking club; an art club; a debate club. Band is offered as a before-school extra-curricular program for 5th through 8th graders. Also before school during zero-period, a “math booster” class is available to upper grade students. K-8 students may participate in soccer and cross-country athletic programs, while grade 4-8 students are also able to play on our basketball, volleyball, baseball, and track teams. We compete in the CYO league (Catholic Youth Organization) against other Catholic schools in King County. Fifth graders comprise our safety patrol team, sixth graders participate in a weeklong, overnight, environmental education camp at the base of Mt. Rainier, and seventh and eighth graders attend weekly elective classes, which enrich their education by providing unique learning experiences not typically offered to middle school students.
What are some of the unique features of St. Louise School?
- Daily prayer and religion classes are the backbone of the religion curriculum with bi-monthly all-school liturgies and Masses. Service projects are conducted school-wide and by individual classes.
- A pre-kindergarten class for four-year-olds meets four mornings a week. With a teacher and instructional assistant, the maximum student to teacher ratio in Pre-K is 9:1. There is an option for preschoolers to attend an extended day, dismissing at the regular 3:00 dismissal time for the older students. This extended day program has a 6:1 student to teacher ratio.
- Kindergarten classes attend for the full-day, with a full-time teacher and an instructional assistant, for a student to teacher ratio of no more than 13:1.
- All other grade levels consist of two classes per grade, with a maximum class size of 26, but most classes with 19 or fewer students.
- With 375 students in grades Pre-K through 8th, the student to teacher ratio for the entire school on average is 14:1.
- St. Louise is a parent participation school. Our families are strengthened by greater school involvement, while our children benefit in innumerable ways from their parents working as library workers, classroom helpers, office assistants, and playground supervisors, to name just a few.
- St. Louise is state approved and accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA).
- Fundraising is an integral part of our revenue, allowing tuition to stay at an affordable rate. All families participate in four major fundraising events: the Auction, the Annual School Gift Campaign, Charger Cards (scrip), and a Walk-a-thon.
- Financial assistance based on need is available, and approximately 10% of our students qualify for these scholarships.
Are the curriculum and test scores of high quality?
The curriculum at St. Louise consists of religion, language arts, reading, social studies, science, math, physical education, computer education, library skills, art, music, handwriting, Spanish, and personal safety, with a study skills program integrated throughout the curriculum. All curricular areas are updated and evaluated by the staff on a regular basis. High academic expectations from our teachers are one of the reasons why we have hard working students and well above average scores in our national assessment – the MAP Growth tests. These assessments in the areas of reading, language arts, and math are taken in grades 2-8, and St. Louise students perform above the national norm and above the norm for the Seattle Archdiocese on the MAP Growth. Furthermore, our 8th grade graduates who desire a Catholic or private high school are admitted at a near 100% admissions rate to all these high schools in King County, and later matriculate to impressive universities.
Do you offer before and after school child care?
Affordable daycare is provided by the St. Louise Kids’ Club on-site between 7:00 and 8:20 a.m. and between 3:00 and 5:45 p.m. (2:00 and 5:45 p.m. on Mondays). Space is limited, with the maximum enrollment 60 children. Children accepted for admission to St. Louise School are not necessarily admitted to Kids’ Club. For more information on the program regarding application and fees, please go to our website - http://www.stlouiseschool.org/kidsclub.
To which high schools do your 8th grade graduates matriculate?
Since St. Louise School is a “destination” elementary school, with many of our families driving past their neighborhood school and past another Catholic school or two on the Eastside in order to attend here, we draw from localities as far south as Kent, as far east as North Bend, and as far north as Woodinville. Thus, in an average year, our graduates go on to 12 different high schools all over King County. Approximately half attend public high schools and half attend the region’s Catholic high schools – Seattle Prep, Bishop Blanchet, Holy Names, Forest Ridge, Eastside Catholic, O’Dea, Kennedy. We encourage you to contact these high schools and ask about St. Louise graduates. The high schools will tell you how well prepared our graduates are and how the schools love receiving St. Louise students because they are known for being determined and skilled students, as well as kind and caring kids!
What does it cost to give my child a Catholic school education?
St. Louise Parish School’s tuition is the most affordable of all the Catholic schools on the greater Eastside (i.e. Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Mercer Island). Our tuition is based on the number of children in a family enrolled at St. Louise and the family’s parishioner status. A reduced “contributing parishioner” tuition rate is available for registered, and stewardship-contributing parishioners from St. Louise Parish or any of these Catholic parishes on the Eastside:
= Mary Queen of Peace Parish, Sammamish = Holy Innocents Parish, Duvall
= St. Teresa Parish, Woodinville = St. Jude Parish, Redmond
= St. Anthony Mission, Carnation
Please note that the standards to be considered a “contributing parishioner” are established by each parish’s administration. Tuition may be paid on a monthly basis from July through June. The tuition rates may be found on our school website - http://www.stlouiseschool.org/admissions.
What are the steps to apply for admissions?
A complete package to submit for admissions consideration includes an online application form, a tuition contract, an application fee, a current report card and standardized test scores, a recommendation from the child’s current teacher, and an addendum form noting any current educational accommodations. For kindergarten entrance, a readiness assessment is conducted after all paperwork is received. An entrance test may be required in other grade levels, depending on the submitted report card and test scores.
What is the school’s admissions policy?
Following are St. Louise School’s official Admission’s Policy and the Administration of the Policy:
St. Louise Parish School was established in 1961 in order to provide an excellent education with a Roman Catholic foundation to St. Louise Parish families. The primary goal of the admissions process is to identify and admit those students best suited to benefit from the St. Louise School educational program and whose parents hold values and goals consistent with those of the Catholic Church and of the school. St. Louise School parents must accept and understand that the teachings of the Catholic Church are an essential and required part of the curriculum and guide our school policies and procedures. The objective and subjective factors used to consider a student for admission include balancing class needs, verifying the student demonstrates appropriate social skills, maturity, and citizenship, and verifying the student academically qualifies for St. Louise School’s rigorous curriculum. St. Louise admits students of any race, color, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the school. St. Louise does not discriminate toward students on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other administered programs.
Administration of Admissions Policy
- The official application period for admittance will be in February. Families who submit applications during this period will be given priority over any applications submitted after the conclusion of the official application period.
- The order of preference for being considered for admittance is:
- A child currently attending St. Louise School. (For pre-kindergarten admittance, the date of the sibling’s initial enrollment in St. Louise School will be used to prioritize this preference, with the earliest enrolled families getting first priority.)
- A child with a sibling currently attending or with a parent currently employed by St. Louise School.
- A child of a family who is registered in St. Louise Parish and has shown a commitment to the parish by consistent stewardship.
- A child of a family who is in the process of moving to our parish from out of town, is currently attending another Catholic school, is registered in a Roman Catholic parish, and has shown a commitment to their parish by consistent stewardship.
- A child of a family who is registered in a financially supporting parish of St. Louise School – Mary Queen of Peace Parish (Sammamish), Holy Innocents Parish (Duvall), St. Teresa Parish (Woodinville), St. Jude Parish (Redmond) or St. Anthony Mission (Carnation) – and has shown a commitment to their parish by consistent contributions of time, talent, and treasure.
- A child of a parent who is a St. Louise School alumni/alumnae, is registered in a Roman Catholic parish, and has shown a commitment to their parish by consistent stewardship.
- A child of a family who is registered in any other Catholic parish not named above and has shown a commitment to their parish by consistent stewardship.
- Current St. Louise School students are considered for admittance when they fulfill their family’s current year commitments with parish financial support (if paying the contributing parishioner tuition rate), fund raising, volunteering, and tuition and provide the following during the official application period: application fee; signed tuition and volunteer contract; completed student information form.
- To be considered for admittance, parents of applicants new to St. Louise School begin the application process in January by meeting with the principal or vice-principal. All new applicants then must provide the following during the official application period:
- Fulfillment of their family’s current year commitments with parish financial support (if paying the contributing parishioner tuition rate), fund raising, volunteering, and tuition. This applies only to a child with a sibling currently attending St. Louise School.
- Application fee.
- Signed Parent Contract and completed EFT Payment form.
- Student Application and Emergency Information form (completed online) and the Student Application Addendum for Newly-Applying Children form (hard copy form to be completed and submitted with applicable, accompanying documents).
- Current school’s progress report or report card (if entering grades K-8).
- Current teacher’s Recommendation Form (if entering grades K-8).
- Standardized test scores if available (if not available, the school may request the applicant be tested at St. Louise).
- St. Louise School reviews the admission documents to verify that each student applicant demonstrates appropriate social skills, maturity, and citizenship, and academically qualifies for St. Louise School’s rigorous curriculum. When reviewing all applicants for admission, St. Louise also takes into account the best interests of the school and considers any other relevant facts or circumstances.
- Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade applicants may be interviewed by an administrator and/or a teacher.
- Kindergarten applicants will be assessed for kindergarten readiness by the kindergarten teachers and must be recommended for admittance by the kindergarten teachers after this assessment.
- A student’s admission is considered conditional during the first year until all transcripts from the previous school are received in our school office and until the student has demonstrated successful achievement in his/her St. Louise classes.
- When the application process is completed, St. Louise School will notify the family whether or not the applicant is admitted or in a waiting pool.
- The waiting pool is in effect beginning at this notification and extending until the application process for the next school year begins in January.
- Once the application process for the next school year begins in January, an applicant who was in the waiting pool must reapply.
- Recognizing the commitment, a reapplying family has made to the school, special note will be taken of this reapplication.
- No child shall be admitted as a student in St. Louise Parish School unless that child and his/her parent(s) subscribe to the school’s mission statement and philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and guidelines of the school and of the Seattle Archdiocese.
- Washington State specifies that a child must be five years old on or before August 31st of the year that he/she would enter kindergarten and six years old on or before August 31st of the year that he/she would enter first grade. (Contact principal to discuss consideration for “early entrance” in kindergarten or first grade for children with September 1-30 birth dates.) Pre-kindergarten applicants must be four years old on or before August 31st of the year that he/she would enter preschool. (There is no consideration for “early entrance” in Pre-K for students who will turn four years old after August 31.)
- The targeted maximum class size is 18 students in Pre-K and 26 students in grades K-8.
- Although instructional assistants may be assigned to classes at any time on discretion of the principal, an assistant must be assigned to assist the Pre-K teacher when the Pre-K class size exceeds 11. An instructional assistant must be assigned to assist the kindergarten teacher when the kindergarten class size exceeds 19. No other grade levels have any other mandated assignments for instructional assistants.